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Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersAn intellectually excellent, pre-eminent silk in the South West.

Leading Juniors

Adam Griffiths - Queen Square ChambersAdam is a first-rate barrister. As an advocate, he is persuasive, deliberate and captivating; he holds court very well and is disarmingly affable but highly effective in cross-examination.
William Hopkin - New Square ChambersIn court, he is able to readily get to the crux of the issue and his well-reasoned and sensible litigation style is well-received by the judge and opposition alike. He is exceptionally talented at offering pragmatic and cost-effective advice.
Christopher Jones - St John's ChambersHe never shies away from the difficult issues, and provides forthright and pragmatic advice.
Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's ChambersHe is very responsive, and demonstrates excellent client rapport.
James Pearce-Smith - St John's ChambersJames exudes an aura of knowledge and confidence. He is capable of providing case-changing analysis.
Stefan RamelGuildhall ChambersVery bright and analytical, user-friendly, and responsive. He possesses sound commercial judgement.
Richard Stead - St John's ChambersRichard is reliable and gives bulletproof advice. He is pragmatic and very easy to work with.
John Virgo - Guildhall ChambersJohn is technically excellent. He has unrivalled expertise in financial services regulation matters.
Lucy Walker - Guildhall ChambersLucy has an immediate presence when entering a room. She is confident, clear and articulate in manner, remaining concise and commercial at all times. She has a meticulous eye for detail and presents complex arguments in a simple, yet powerful and digestible manner.
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersHe is astute, insightful and very intelligent, with a calm and measured approach. His case analysis and tactical insight is well beyond his year of call.
Richard Ascroft - Guildhall ChambersVery responsive, tenacious, and extremely good with clients.
John Dickinson - St John's ChambersA calm and measured advocate. He is excellent on the details and goes the extra mile.
Natasha Dzameh - St John's ChambersNatasha is a strong advocate, robust and able to think creatively to reach a novel solution to difficult legal issues.
James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersJames takes an extremely hands-on approach - he is always willing to roll up his sleeves and get into the details.
Jay Jagasia - Guildhall ChambersHe provides practical and commercial advice, and has a great client manner.
Oliver Manley - Guildhall ChambersHe is extremely good on costs arguments. Very accessible, and clients really like him.
Andrew Marsden – Commercial Chambers
Matthew O'Regan - St John's ChambersHe is very knowledgeable, approachable, flexible and cost-efficient.
Nicholas Pointon - St John's ChambersHe is a forensic barrister with a brilliant mind.
Alexander Whatley3PBAlexander has a very analytical mind. He is an extremely well prepared barrister who knows the client’s case inside out. He provides his advice in an approachable and user-friendly manner.
Richard Whitehouse - 3PBRichard is particularly strong at giving complicated advice in clear, succinct language that makes him popular with clients. Advice is always given with one eye on the practical and commercial implications for a client.

Rising Stars

John Churchill - Guildhall ChambersJohn is extremely clever, very astute and is able to contextualise complex matters so that lay clients can understand the finer points of the advice given. He has an excellent advocacy style.
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersHe works incredibly hard. Quick-thinking, personable and good with both lay and professional clients.

Commercial litigation in Regional Bar

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers' commercial litigation team 'provides strength in depth from top to bottom', and 'the advice of its members is always strong and commercially driven'. Recent instructions include practice head Hugh Sims QC leading Jay Jagasia in MDW Holdings Ltd v Norvill & Norvill & Norvill, involving a claim regarding alleged breaches under a sale and purchase agreement concerning the sale of a drain-clearing business in 2015. James Wibberley is 'bright and effective, and strikes the right manner with the judge'; he regularly appears before the High Court in a broad range of contentious commercial work. Consumer credit and financial services specialist Lucy Walker is 'acutely aware of her strategy and tenacious in its pursuit'. The 'very responsive' John Churchill stands out as 'a future star of the bar in the making'.



Excellent stable of talent for commercial litigation matters‘.

Excellent chambers with good strength in depth‘.

Very responsive‘.


Very efficient and helpful‘.

They are quick to respond, flexible and pragmatic‘.

Supportive and attentive throughout. Joe Stayte has been particularly helpful. No request has seemed like too much trouble and his support has been invaluable‘.

Joe Stayte is very proactive‘.

Stephen Arnold is very helpful and pleasant‘.

St John's Chambers

St John's Chambers is 'a go-to set' for commercial litigation in the region and stands out for its 'excellent strength in depth', in the words of instructing solicitors. Leslie Blohm QC handles a range of contractual disputes, while the 'thorough and bright' James Pearce-Smith, who heads up the practice, acts for claimants and defendants across a broad spectrum of commercial litigation. The set is also home to Charlie Newington-Bridges, who is representing the claimant in a dispute concerning financing arrangements concerning several classic Aston Martin cars, including a rare DB4 worth over £1.5m.



An excellent set‘.

High quality counsel‘.


An accomplished clerking team‘.

Excellent. Friendly, efficient and always helpful‘.

Simon Lyons and Elizabeth Champion maintain high standards of service‘.

Simon Lyons is very personable and a strong communicator‘.